Find Your Place in English
Welcome to the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
from Jenny Spencer, Department Chair:
The English Department is a diverse and welcoming community comprised of 48 faculty members, 6 staff members, 700 undergraduate majors, and 110 MA/Ph.D and 75 MFA candidates. We combine the strengths of a liberal arts college with a major research University: our smaller classes facilitate substantive discussion, frequent writing, active student engagement, and face-to-face contact with research faculty. Both our faculty and graduate students have been recognized as distinguished teachers, writers, and researchers.
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Events in Our Community
Discover Studies in English this Fall
Still looking for courses this fall? Take a look at our Fall 2014 undergraduate course offerings.
The nationally renowned Visiting Writers Series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The series begins with novelist Mitchell S. Jackson. See other writers in the series.
Thursday, September 18th at 8:00 pm in Commonwealth College, Room 160 East.
Celebrated author and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk will be visiting the UMass community for the 2014 Troy Lecture.
Thursday, October 30th at 4:30 pm in Bowker Auditorium. Free and open to the public.
Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University, Jacqueline Goldsby will visit UMass Amherst for the English Department's Annual Kaplan Lecture, entitled, "A Salon for the Masses: Black Reading Circles during the Chicago Renaissance."
Date and location to be announced.
Department of English
Main Office: 170 Bartlett Hall